Today, John Henderson formally announced that he’s running for Mayor and, at the Council meeting tonight, Gil Brocanier announced that he would not be running again. John released a statement (see link below) and said he had been working on a detailed platform for some time but was not yet ready to release it. His statement said that he has “first-hand experiences based on twenty-three years being engaged in various Town Advisory Committees, a member as well as the chair of the Cobourg Police Service Board along with two consecutive Council terms as Planning and Development Coordinator and most recently as Deputy Mayor.“ He emphasized the need to communicate well with the public and that “we have to get better at getting the message out”.
John filed his nomination papers last week and there was speculation that he must know that Gil was not running but there was no official announcement until late in the Council meeting when Gil made the announcement as part of his coordinator report. Gil said that he had given the subject much thought and was proud of his accomplishments. Other Councillors told Gil that they enjoyed working with him and that generally he had done a good job.
At John’s announcement at 2:00 pm today in front of Victoria Hall, John said:
Igniting economic and growth opportunities needs be on the forefront of Council’s planning, yet we will need to be respectful of our heritage and cultural assets while adapting to enhanced sustainability standards. We will not only face challenges, but also experience many exciting opportunities similar to the recent grand opening of Venture 13 and the unveiling of the Downtown Marketing Partnership Strategy Campaign “Start Here,” presently Sarbys on King Street West.
Leadership must be aligned with enhanced communications to ensure a full understanding of the key issues that will face our community over the next four years with one being the Cobourg Waterfront and Headlands.
He then went on to say that as mayor he would be “committed to listen to Council colleagues, staff and our community while working towards a culture of collaboration, engagement and dialogue.”
My first step is to get better acquainted with our citizens and having an opportunity to listen to their ideas as to how we can collectively make Cobourg the best community possible. This process must incorporate both dignity and respect for all.
John introduced his campaign team – photo at right: Left to right: Roger Tessier (Campaign Manager), Don Morrison, Donna Henderson, John Henderson, John Lindsay.
Currently six candidates have announced their intentions to run. As well as John Henderson running for Mayor, running for Council are: Adam Bureau, Randy Curtis, Johnny Percolides, Miriam Mutton and Aaron Burchat. Forrest Rowden and Debra McCarthy have both said they will not be running; Suzanne Séguin and Brian Darling have not announced their intentions. Now that there is an opening for Deputy Mayor, it will be interesting to see who files for that position.
- Municipal Election Official Town page
- Municipal Election Unofficial Cobourg Internet Information Page – updated regularly, not a blog page, no comments
- John Henderson Statement at Nomination announcement